As news hit international media on Thursday Morning that the wreckage of the Russian aircraft that mysteriously went missing mid-flight in Indonesia yesterday had been seen, a YouTube video has been released from a controversial Nigerian pastor, claiming he predicted the calamity.
“I’m seeing breaking news. They are looking for something that missed but it carried people – a plane that carried people and it was lost,” the video shows T.B. Joshua of ‘The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations’ saying. Giving a more detailed appraisal, he continued, “There is a plane coming to Indonesia, a big one that will carry passengers. I see a crash. The color of the plane – I see blue… I’m seeing Wednesday. What will happen on Wednesday?”
The incident involving a Russian Sukhoi Superjet plane that crashed into mountains in Indonesia on Wednesday seems to confirm the prediction, blue being the predominant color in all Sukhoi-made plane designs. About 45 people are said to have been on board the aircraft, including eight Russian pilots and technicians, Indonesian airline representatives and journalists. The jet vanished from radar screens 50 minutes after taking off from Jakarta for a brief demonstration flight. The spokesman for the rescue effort, Gagah Prakoso, said a number of bodies had been found. "So far we haven't found any survivors, but we are still searching," he said.
T.B. Joshua is a household name across Africa for his predictions, miracles and charitable endeavors. He recently caused a stir with media reports of his prophecy of the demise of Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika. “In April… we should pray for an African head of state against the sickness that will take life – sudden death,” Joshua told his congregation in February, stressing the event was close and specifying the president in question was from West Africa in a service just four days before Mutharika’s passing.
He boasts of a 15,000 strong congregation and gives his ‘prophecies’ during live televised services on the Christian television station, Emmanuel TV which, according to a recent publication in The Times Newspaper, UK has a viewership measured in millions. Ghana’s president John Atta Mills, Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangarai and Malawi’s new head Joyce Banda are among the African politicians who regularly frequent his church.
Joshua has close to 150,000 followers on Facebook and some of his YouTube clips have several millions of views. Among his recent reported predictions are Francoise Hollande’s victory in the French elections last week, Zambia’s historic triumph at the African Cup of Nations in 2011 and the death of pop legend Michael Jackson in 2009.http://www.michaelokeje.com/2012/05/tb-joshua-predicted-russian-plane-crash.html